Time  4 hours 52 minutes

Coordinates 1202

Uploaded September 5, 2015

Recorded September 2015

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near Dalton, Massachusetts (United States)

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Stage 132

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 131 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - MASSACHUSETTS - Section 4.1 - Blotz Road to Warner Hill, Tully Mountain, Kay Wood Shelter and Dalton
⇒ Link to the next stage: 133 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - MASSACHUSETTS - Section 2.2 - From Cheshire to the top of Mt Greylock

Stage 3 of the Appalachian Trail ( Appalachian Trail ), from south to north, passing through the state of Massachusetts. From Dalton (mile 1,569.1 of the AT, from Springer), to Cheshire (mile 1,578.1).

The stage crosses two towns that are the usual point of supply for all the walkers that travel along the Appalachian Trail.

In Dalton, the stage begins at the intersection of routes 8 and 9 with the High Street.

Approximately 1.5 km later, following the High Street and after crossing Cross Park Avenue, is the parking lot of the Gulf Road, with space for several vehicles.

The parking is at the foot of the North Mountain, and from there the journey begins through a dense forest, which gradually ascends towards the Cristal Campsite.

Shortly before reaching the highest part of the route (North Mountain), towards kilometer 8.3, approximately, is the Gore Pond, small reservoir in its natural state, with very nice views. Several families of beavers live regularly in this reservoir.

From the summit of North Mountain (2,182 feet, equivalent to 665 meters), the trail begins its descent to Cheshire, with points of picturesque views to the west and east, including those offered by the well-known The Cobbles, large group white quartzite rocks, with spectacular views of Mt. Greylock and the Hoosic River Valley, which can be reached by following a short path to the right of the AT, marked with blue markers.

At the entrance to the village of Cheshire, and crossing its streets in the direction of the end of the stage, it passes through the intersection of School Street and Church Street, next to the Cheshire Post Office, where a curious monument is located That reminds a big cheese press. In 1802, during the presidential elections, the farmers of Cheshire decided to send Thomas Jefferson a huge cheese produced with milk contributed by each one of the families of the place. The result was a large round cheese four feet wide (1.22 meters), eighty inches high (2 meters) and 1,235 pounds (560 kg), which was transported to Washington DC, by six horses.
President Jefferson thanked the gift with a personal letter.

The layout of the AT in this stage is clear and without any difficulty, but the white markers signaling has some deficiencies that are saved because the path is very used, and the track is clear, although there are several branches of other trails that cross the area, which can lead to confusion.

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A good part of the land along which the Appalachian Trail runs in this section was obtained thanks to the generosity of the Crane family of Dalton.

The paper used for the manufacture of banknotes, in the United States and other fine papers, continue to be produced in their factories.
Between the cities of Cheshire and Dalton to the south, the trail crosses the southern plateau of the Hoosac Range (Berkshire Highlands) and the gap between two major basins in Massachusetts.

Cheshire is located in the Hoosick River basin, which flows west, at the foot of the picturesque Cheshire Cobbles. Dalton is located in the Housatonic river basin, which flows southward at the foot of North Mountain.
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Cheshire to Dalton - 9.3 miles

Much of the Trail land in this section was obtained through the generosity of the Crane family of Dalton. The papers for U.S. currency and other fine papers are still produced in its mills. Between the towns of Cheshire to the north and Dalton to the south, the Trail crosses the plateau of the sourhern Hoosac Range (Berkshire Highlands) and the divide between two important Massachusetts watersheds. Cheshire is in the watershed of the west-flowing Hoosic River, at the foot of the scenic Cheshire Cobbles. Dalton is in the watershed of the south-flowing Housatonic River, at the foot of North Mountain.

[Appalachian Trail Guide to Massachusetts-Connecticut - Appalachian Trail Conservancy]
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Inicio de la etapa, en el cruce de la ruta 8 y la 9, con la High Street, en Dalton.

Start of the stage, at the intersection of route 8 and 9, with the High Street, in Dalton.
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Estacionamiento de Gulf Road, al pie de North Mountain

Estacionamiento de Gulf Road, al pie de North Mountain
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Gore Pond. Pequeño embalse en el que habitan castores

Gore Pond. Pequeño embalse en el que habitan castores
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Desde una pequeña meseta del North Mountain

From a small plateau of North Mountain. From this point, the trail begins to descend gradually to Cheshire.
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Grandes rocas en The Cobbles

Grandes rocas en The Cobbles
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Llegada a Cheshire

Llegada a Cheshire

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